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Telecommunications

  • January 5, 2010

    DTL Settles Patent Case With 4 Cell Phone Carriers

    Digital Technology Licensing LLC has reached settlements with four of the dozens of cellular service providers it named as third-party defendants in a declaratory judgment patent suit filed against DTL by Kyocera Wireless Corp. over a cell phone component.

  • January 5, 2010

    Charter General Counsel Heads To Thompson Coburn

    Continuing its torrid hiring pace over the past year and a half, Thompson Coburn LLP has brought on the general counsel of cable operator Charter Communications Inc. to serve as of counsel in the firm's corporate and securities practice.

  • January 5, 2010

    AT&T Hit With Slew Of Actions Over Online Access Tax

    AT&T Mobility LLC is facing more than a dozen proposed class actions in state and federal courts across the U.S., launched by individuals who claim the cell phone provider is violating federal tax law by levying taxes on Internet access through its wireless contracts.

  • January 5, 2010

    Cox Resolves Web Radio Patent Dispute

    Cox Radio Inc. has become the second defendant to settle with a patent licensing company that accused radio giants Clear Channel Communications Inc., CBS Radio Inc. and others of infringing a patent covering Internet radio technology.

  • January 4, 2010

    Nokia Takes Another Swipe At Apple Over Tech Patents

    Cell phone giant Nokia Corp. has again lashed out at Apple Inc. in an ongoing battle over technology patents, filing a new lawsuit and a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • January 4, 2010

    Cable Online Video Spurs Call For Antitrust Inquiry

    A coalition of consumer advocacy groups on Monday sent a letter to federal antitrust authorities accusing a group of cable giants, including Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Inc., of conspiring to crush Internet competition with new online video services for their subscribers.

  • December 23, 2009

    TracFone Sues Alleged Cell Phone Traffickers

    Cell phone company TracFone Wireless Inc. has filed a trademark action against an online cell phone marketplace in the company's latest attempt to stem the alleged hacking and overseas shipment of prepaid cell phones.

  • December 23, 2009

    Fed. Circ. Reduces Damages In EMI Patent Case

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has trimmed an award of $1.4 million in damages and attorneys' fees to Universal Support Systems LLC in a case where Universal accused bankrupt Electro-Mechanical Industries Inc. of infringing a patent for racks used to hold telecommunications equipment.

  • December 22, 2009

    Clearwire Hit With WiMax Patent Infringement Suit

    Wireless Internet company Adaptix Inc. is suing Clearwire Corp. for allegedly violating one of its patents with Clearwire's WiMax high-speed Internet services.

  • December 22, 2009

    Court Clips Fraud Claim In Adelphia Bondholder Suit

    A U.S. district court judge has trimmed one state law fraud claim against cable conversion box manufacturers Scientific-Atlanta Inc. and Motorola Inc. from a suit brought by Adelphia Communications Corp. bondholders, while leaving the plaintiffs' conspiracy to defraud claim intact.

  • December 21, 2009

    SEC Probes Telecom Italia's Sale Of Argentine Unit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has reportedly asked Telecom Italia for documents related to the sale of its Argentine unit, based on an order from that country's competition authority.

  • December 21, 2009

    Citadel Broadcasting Files Prepack Bankruptcy

    Reaching a deal with a majority of its senior secured lenders, radio group Citadel Broadcasting Corp. has filed a prepackaged bankruptcy petition that aims to eliminate some $1.4 billion in debt.

  • December 21, 2009

    NextMedia Plans Sale To Creditors In Prepack Ch. 11

    Radio station owner NextMedia Group Inc. filed for bankruptcy on Monday after reaching a prearranged agreement to sell the company to its second-lien creditors.

  • December 18, 2009

    Virgin Islands Telecom Execs Protest Case Transfer

    Executives of a group of insolvent Virgin Islands telecommunication firms have appealed a federal judge’s decision to transfer a complicated settlement dispute involving investment firm Greenlight Capital Inc. and Fulbright & Jaworski LLP to bankruptcy court, arguing that the move was unconstitutional.

  • December 18, 2009

    Installers Hit CableNet With OT Class Action

    A pair of CableNet Services Unlimited LLC employees have filed a proposed class action against the cable installation company, alleging installers have not been paid overtime.

  • December 17, 2009

    Universal Wins Default Judgment In Indian TV Spat

    A federal court has entered a default judgment ordering Entertainment Television Network FZE to pay $45 million in damages to Universal Studios International BV for violating a contract concerning licensing movies and television shows for cable in India.

  • December 17, 2009

    Text Message Price-Fixing Class Action Dropped

    A federal judge has dismissed a proposed class action against Verizon Wireless LLC, AT&T Mobility LLC, Sprint Nextel Corp. and T-Mobile USA Inc. accusing them of conspiring to fix prices for text messaging.

  • December 16, 2009

    ITC To Review Ruling On Coaxial Cable Connectors

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided to review part of a ruling that a Connecticut-based manufacturer of coaxial cable connectors and its Taiwanese supplier did not infringe a patent held by PPC Inc.

  • December 16, 2009

    AT&T Wins Case Over Phone Bill Surcharge

    A federal judge has handed a victory to AT&T Mobility, formerly known as Cingular Wireless LLC, in a proposed class action accusing the cell phone provider of breaching its contract with customers by billing a surcharge to cover taxes assessed by Washington state.

  • December 16, 2009

    Judge Allows WIAV Router Patent Suit Against D-Link

    A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by WIAV Networks LLC against D-Link LLC for selling wireless routers that allegedly infringe two WIAV patents, rejecting D-Link's argument that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Ashcroft v. Iqbal changed the pleading standard for patent suits.